FOXCONN BlackOps X48 Motherboard

Packaging and Contents

Packaging and Contents
The Foxconn BlackOps motherboard packaging is extremely attractive and eye-catching. The packaging itself features a really cool black, grey and white theme. On the front of the box, there is a group of soldiers decked out in army special forces regalia. The rear of the package highlights the features of the Foxconn BlackOps motherboard - including the 4-in-1 northbridge cooler and charts illustrating the increased voltage provisions of the motherboard. The packaging also features a welcome carry handle and the other side provides a detailed specifications list.
Foxconn BlackOps front Foxconn BlackOps rear
Foxconn BlackOps top
Foxconn have included a foldout front cover on the box which gives you a glimpse as to what is contained within, and the top of the foldout section details the technologies built into the motherboard.
Foxconn BlackOps inside cover top Foxconn BlackOps inside cover
Removing the outer shell of the Foxconn BlackOps packaging reveals an inner box that houses the motherboard and its associated goodies. The inner packaging is nicely compartmentalised to provided adequate protection to the hardware contained within. This box could take a serious flogging from a courier and still arrive with hardware intact. Removing the top box containing the motherboard, soundcard and 120mm fan, I was pleasantly surprised to see the inclusion of another two cardboard boxes which house the accessories.
Foxconn BlackOps cardboard insert Insert contents
Accessories boxes
To say that the Foxconn BlackOps comes with some accessories would be the understatement of the year. Accessories by the truckload would be a more accurate description. There is quite simply so much stuff included here, you feel like you're getting exceptional value for money. Although, I will say that some of it feels a little cheap - like the barbs for example which feel less substantial than those of say EK. Furthermore, the DICE/LN2 tower for the NB 4-in-1 cooler is made of plastic instead of light gauge metal. The dog tags too feel a little like an afterthought, as many enthusiasts probably wouldn't even give them a second look. I have included a list of the items included in the Foxconn BlackOps box below:

Foxconn BlackOps bundle

 Accessories_1 Accessories_2
Fan and Sonar soundcard variable resistors
Installation CD and manual I/O backplate, dog tags and IDE/floppy cable
perspex bench board cables
 40mm fan
However, if you ever needed further confirmation that the Foxconn BlackOps is targeted at the performance enthusiast, the variable resistors that are thrown in should bring you screaming back to reality. Foxconn has also seen fit to include a Perspex benching board, which is quite simply unheard of as part of any motherboard inclusion package that I have ever seen before. In addition, Foxconn has included two trim-pots ready for volt mods(20K and 50K). Man how cool is that!  I'm feeling as giddy as a schoolgirl like a kid in a candy store.
Let's head over the page to have a look at the Foxconn BlackOps motherboard in a little more detail...
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Most Recent Comments

17-10-2008, 06:19:40

It seems as slick as I thought it might have been. U`d really need to want one, and perhaps be a non-asus-fanboi, to go out and purchase it. The price is very high imo, and they do throw in a very very good package to help ease the wallet-pain.

Bios looks nice. Like the sound of the dual bios thing - now if u happened to completely screw the one bios via an update or something, can u flush it by booting to the other one ? Or flash it from the other one ? - now that`d be something special.

I`m curious about the fan mount on the nb. It blows down into the box... and the air goes where ? Down the pipe ? Out screw holes ?

I dunno tho, if ur hell-bent on the package as a whole and don`t want to pay £146 for a mobo that no1 in the western world has reviewed yet (even tho it`s been out for weeks and every1 is avoiding them like the plague - even out in Australia now ), then sink the extra £110.

Excellent review PV, tis a great package either way.Quote

17-10-2008, 06:41:52

Hi Rast, and thanks for the feedback.

The package as you say is immense, and certainly makes the product as a whole stand out from the rest. I mean who else includes trim-pots ready for voltage modification and and a dry ice attachment for a NB cooling block lol. They (Foxconn) actively encourage users to clock the nuts off the thing.

Pricing is extremely high for both the UK and AUS, but prices are considerably more sedate in the US. So if you really wanted one as part of the ultimate bench rig then you can certainly save some money that way (customs/import duties may apply to UK though).

The fan attachment blows directly onto the cooling channels in the bottom of the block and the warm air escapes the best it can - screw holes or blow-back through the fan itself. The fan doesn't actually cover the whole of the block due to the fan shroud being square and the block being rectangular. Admittedly it's not perfect solution, but it's better than a purely passive approach

Thanks again for the comments and I'm glad you enjoyed the review Quote

17-10-2008, 09:49:36

Originally Posted by name='Rastalovich'
Bios looks nice. Like the sound of the dual bios thing - now if u happened to completely screw the one bios via an update or something, can u flush it by booting to the other one ? Or flash it from the other one ? - now that`d be something special.
Gigabyte have had the dual bios thing for few years now, with Asus also recently adding this feature to their boards.

Great review as always PV.Quote

17-10-2008, 09:53:10

Key thing - can u manage the one bios from the other ?Quote

17-10-2008, 10:03:27

One Bios backs up the other so if one Bios becomes corrupt, you can still use the 2nd Bios which will flash the corrupt Bios.

I'm not sure whether you can utilise the 2nd bios with the foxconn board but with gigabyte and asus, the 2nd Bios was there for bios recovery only.Quote

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